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Betty Parsons Gallery records and personal papers, circa 1920-1991, bulk 1946-1983

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7: Betty Parsons Personal Papers, circa 1927-1991
(Boxes 38-51; 11.5 linear feet)

Scope and Contents note
This series documents the more personal and professional activities of Betty Parsons through early curatorial files from her work at Wakefield Gallery and Mortimer Brandt Gallery, biographical files, family papers, correspondence, pocket diaries, writings, photographs, printed materials, and financial records. Parsons' extensive personal papers also include files that provide an overview of her own career as an artist as well as her extensive private art collection.
Arrangement note
The Betty Parsons Papers series is arranged into 10 subseries:
7.1: Early Curatorial Files, circa 1940-1958
7.2: Biographical Material, circa 1928-1983
7.3: Correspondence, circa 1932-1983
7.4: Pocket Diaries and Notebooks, 1933-1981
7.5: Annotated Sketchbooks, 1951-1969
7.6: Writings by Others, circa 1950-1980
7.7: Printed Material, circa 1927-1991
7.8: Betty Parsons Art Work Files, circa 1955-1983
7.9: Betty Parsons Private Collection Files, circa 1963-1983
7.10: Personal Financial Records, 1947-1980
7.1:Early Curatorial Files, circa 1940-1958
Scope and Contents note
This subseries consists of files that Parsons retained from her work at the Wakefield Gallery and the Mortimer Brandt Gallery. Files include correspondence, clippings, group exhibition files, announcements, catalogs, photographs, and exhibition and price lists.
7.1.1:Wakefield Gallery, circa 1939-1944
Scope and Contents note
Found here are files from Betty Parsons' job as director of the Wakefield Gallery, including clippings, correspondence, announcements, exhibition files, exhibition lists, schedules, invoices, receipts and a scrapbook of clippings and exhibition announcements created from a bound dummy copy of
A Treasury of Art Masterpieces
. There are no solo exhibition files, only files for the themed exhibitions,
Love in Art
(1941),
Ballet in Art
(1942), and
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture
(1944). The Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture exhibition files are of particular note as they contain vintage photographs by Aaron Siskind of the sculptures that were produced for reproduction in the exhibition catalogue.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings, circa 1941-1944
38
7
Correspondence, circa 1941-1944
38
8
Exhibition Annoucements, circa 1940-1944
38
9
Love in Art
(1941), circa 1940-1941
38
10
Ballet in Art
(1942), circa 1942
(Partially scanned)
38
11
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture
(1944), circa 1944
(3 folders)
38
12-14
Pre-Columbian Stone Sculpture
(1944) - Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1944
(vintage prints by Aaron Siskind; not scanned)
38
15
Exhibition Schedules and Lists, circa 1941-1944
38
16
Invoices and Receipts, 1940-1944
38
17
Scrapbook, 1939-1941
38
18
Transcript of Radio Program
The Artist Reviews Art
, 1943
38
19
7.1.2:Mortimer Brandt Gallery, circa 1944-1958
Scope and Contents note
Found here are select files stemming from Betty Parsons work as the head of the contemporary art section of Mortimer Brandt Gallery. The files consist of clippings, correspondence, announcements, catalogs, exhibition files, and exhibition lists. As with the files from Wakefield Gallery above, these files do not constitute a complete record of Parsons' work with the Mortimer-Brandt Gallery. Exhibition files exist solely for the two exhibitions;
Abstract and Surrealist Art in America
(1944) and
Portraits of Today by Painters of Tomorrow
(1945). There is also correspondence between Parsons and Mortimer Brandt, some of which concerns lease arrangements for Parsons subletting half of the fifth floor of 15 East 57th Street to open her own gallery. There is also correspondence between Parsons and Sidney Janis, who sublet the rest of the floor for his gallery beginning in 1953.
DescriptionContainer
Clippings, circa 1945-1946
38
20
Correspondence, circa 1944-1958
38
21
Exhibitions Annoucements and Catalogs, circa 1944-1946
38
22
Abstract and Surrealist Art in America
(1944), circa 1944
(2 folders)
38
23-24
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today
(1945), circa 1945
39
1
Exhibition file,
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today
(1945)- Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1945
(2 folders; not scanned; see also Box 51)
39
2-3
Lists of Exhibitions and Lenders, circa 1944-1947
39
4
Portraits of Today by Painters of Today
(1945) - Photographs, Works of Art, circa 1945
(See also Box 39, F2; not scanned)
51 (sol)
7.2:Biographical Material, circa 1932-1983
Scope and Contents note
Found here are scattered personal papers, such as Parsons' artist biography, family trees for the Pierson and Miles families, association membership cards, interview transcripts, travel itineraries, photographs, and mailing list of invitees for Parsons' Memorial. The folder containing miscellaneous personal papers includes ephemera, handwritten notes, an American Red Cross employment application, a small watercolor landscape by Lynn Yarnell, and several unsigned sketches.
Photographs in this subseries include snapshots and professional portraits, the bulk of which span the mid-1960s to early 1980s. Most of the photographs feature Parsons, but there are photographs of others that are not identified as well as beach views, perhaps taken near her Southold, Long Island Studio. Additionally there is a folder of photographs of works of art, primarily paintings, depicting Betty Parsons.
The bulk of the files in this series chronicle Betty Parsons' activities related to the art world. As a renowned art dealer and respected artist, Parsons' was a frequently requested speaker, juror for juried art exhibitions, and awards honoree. Her participation at these events is recorded through correspondence, invitations, programs, and award certificates. Noteworthy files include "The Creative in Art" seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, which includes syllabus and extensive notes for ten lectures. There is also a group of folders that document her social and volunteer activities.
DescriptionContainer
Artist Biography and Narratives, 1949-1982
39
5
Family Trees and Histories, 1948 and undated
39
6
Interview - WNYC (Radio Station) Art Festival, 1951, October 16
39
7
Interview with Colette Roberts, 1968
39
8
Invitations, Announcements and Programs, circa 1928-1979
39
9
Juries, Seminars, Lectures, and Awards
Althena Award,Rhode Island School of Design, 1981-1982
(2 folders)
39
10-11
Awards and Honors, circa 1960-1982
39
12
Conference of Women in the Visual Arts, 1972
39
13
Creative Arts Award, Brandeis University, 1980
39
14
Honorary Degree, Mount Holyoke College, 1981
39
15
Seminar at Sarah Lawrence College, 1971-1972
(2 folders)
39
16-17
Watercolor Society of Alabama, 1980
39
18
Zaner Gallery, 1981
39
19
General, circa 1950-1974
39
20
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1975-1976
(3 folders)
39
21-23
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1976-1977
39
24
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1977-1978
39
25
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1979-1980
39
26
General Juries, Seminars, etc., 1980-1981
(2 folders)
39
27-28
Membership Cards and Certificates, circa 1940-1980
39
29
Memorial Service, 1982
39
30
Personal Papers, miscellaneous, circa 1934-1990
39
31
Photograph, Black and White Transparency, circa 1960-1970
(Not scanned)
39
32
Photographs, General, circa 1935-1981
(3 folders)
39
33-35
Photographs of Art Works depicting Betty Parsons, circa 1934-1940
(Not scanned)
39
36
Travel Itineraries and Documentation, 1949-1972
39
37-38
Volunteer and Social Activities
Cosmopolitan Club, 1959-1980
39
39
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, 1980-1981
39
40
Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1974-1980
(2 folders)
39
41-42
Visiting Nurse Service, 1971-1972
39
43
Miscellaneous, 1949-1975
39
44
War Ration Coupons, 1942-1943
39
45
7.3:Correspondence, circa 1932-1983
Scope and Contents note
Series consists of Parsons' incoming and outgoing correspondence originally maintained within her personal papers, although it appears to be a mixture of personal and professional correspondence. It includes not only letters from friends and family, but also from museum directors, art dealers, researchers, gallery artists, and artists seeking representation from the Betty Parsons Gallery.
7.3.1:General Correspondence, circa 1932-1982
Scope and Contents note
Files mostly consist of correspondence with friends and artists with whom Parsons had a personal relationship, although letters touching upon gallery business are scattered throughout. As close friends, many of the artists shared details about their personal and family life, travels, work, and careers. Gallery artist correspondents include Larry Bigelow, Alexander Calder, and William Condon. Of particular note are letters from Ad Reinhardt discussing his work in relation to the gallery and exhorting Parsons to fight for her (and his) rightful place in history. Another significant and prolific correspondent is the English artist Adge Baker, with whom Parsons had a romantic relationship. The two lived together for several years in the house that Parson purchased shortly after she arrived in Paris in 1923. Although they separated in 1932, they remained life long friends.
Notable friends and other correspondents include heiress and world-class speed boat racer Joe Carstairs, the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava (Lindy Guinness), art critic Rosalind Constable, and art and literary critic Dale McConathy, who briefly worked for Parsons as a gallery assistant. Personal correspondence also includes Christmas cards, postcards, telegrams, and third party correspondence to gallery employees and Lee Hall, Parsons' biographer and gallery artist. Letter files are arranged alphabetically, postcards are arranged by decade, but Christmas cards are not in any order since it was difficult to determine dates or the full names of the correspondents.
DescriptionContainer
A, circa 1951-1977
Alper, Natalie
Andre, Carl
Arlasez, Nuri
Avery, Milton
Auerbach, Ellen
39
46
Alloway, Lawrence, circa 1959-1975
39
47
B, 1944-1982
Barcley, Jo
Barker, Margaret
Bakwa, C?©lestin,
Beal, John
Bedell, Eleanor
Bess, Forrest
Biero, Ellen
Blume, Mary
Bochoo, Jac[kki]
Bove, Louise
Box, Eden (Eden Fleming)
Braddock, Barrie
Bradley, Harvey
Breckenridge, Edith (Mrs. Gerald)
Brett, D.E.
Brotherton, Joe
Buchanan, Beverly
Budd, [David]
Burnhome, Clement M.
39
48
Baker, Adge, circa 1932-1982
(2 folders)
39
49-50
Baker, Adge, circa 1932-1982
(17 folders)
40
1-17
Barker, Walter, 1963-1979
40
18
Bigelow, Larry, 1954-1960
40
19
Bonge, Dusti, circa 1954-1982
40
20
Bulla, Jean, circa 1932-1935
40
21
C, 1948-1972
C., Bill
Calder, Alexander
Chryssa
Coggeshall, Calvert
Copley, Al
Cummings, Harry
40
22
Carstairs, Joe, 1942-1963
40
23
Clarke, Billie, circa 1970-1980
40
24
Cloos, Consuelo, circa 1952-1982
40
25
Congdon, William, 1977-1981
40
26
Constable, Rosalind, 1943-1982
40
27
Crosby, Caresse, 1925, 1965-1967
40
28
D, 1952-1982
Daniels, Alfred
Danziger, Sonia
Davidson, Carol Kreeger
Davis, Mary
Day, Blanche
De Lamar, Alice
Denn, Gene
Dickinson, Dennis
Dienes, Sari
Dlugoszewski, Lucia
Donaldson, James R.
Donati, Enrico
Dora, Una
Dubuffet, Jean
Dunbar, J. H.
40
29
DeMeyer, Evelyn, 1977-1980
40
30
Dufferin and Ava, The Marchioness of (Lindy Guinness), circa 1964-1981
40
31
Durant, Nancy, circa 1950-1972
40
32
E, circa 1950-1982
Eastman, Thomas
Eberhart, Betty
Edelstein, Paul
Egan, Charles
Elliott, Ronnie
Englesmith, Tejas
40
33
F, circa 1940-1982
Fairweather, Sally
Falkenstein, Claire
Feeley, Paul and Helen
Fenno, Pauline
Fine, Albert
Fini, Jan Luigi
Fischel, Marguerite
Fish, Seena
Fitch, Susan
Flaherty, Frances Moore
Flaherty, Frances Rohr
Francisco, Marjorie
Francisco, Richard
Frankel, Anita
Fraser, C. E.
Freedberg, Priscilla
Fremantle, Chloe
Frickner, Lawrence
40
34
Frasetto, Monica Flaherty, circa 1951-1974
40
35
Fritzius, Harry, circa 1953-1978
40
36
G, 1948-1982
Garston, Gerald D.
Gladstone, Doria and Mike
George, Thomas
Goff, Lloyd
Gordon, Martha
Grant-Govar, Enid
Gray, Cleve
Greenfield, Sophia
Groth, Jan
Guiness, Alec
40
37
Gooding, Maria, 1977-1982
40
38
Groves, Chris, 1966-1968
40
39
H, circa 1940-1981
Haberman, Daniel
Hamblett, Theora
Hamilton, C.
Hamilton, George Heard
Harman, E. Terry
Harper, Lindsay
Harwood, Nina Conan Doyle
Hawkins, Erick
Hayashi, Kaname
Herbert, David
Hero, Mrs. Alvin (Martha)
Herzel, Eileen
Hillis, Sue
Hirshhorn, Joseph and Olga
Hock, Robert
Hoff, Margo
Hood, Dorothy Gregory
Hooker, R. Wolcott
Hopkins, Harry L.
Humphrey, Ralph
Huyck, Laura Talmage
40
40
Hall, Lee, circa 1981-1982
40
41
Hennessy, Timothy, 1961-1974
40
42
I and J, 1942-1982
Irving, Flora W.
Jablow, Evelyn
Jackson, Kay
Jaeger, Blanche
Jenkins, R.A.
Johnson, Ray
40
43
K, circa 1940-1982
Kardamatis, Yiannis Wolfgang
Katz, Bill
Kealy, Hinman L.P.
Kelleher, M. Landreth
Kelly, Ellsworth
Kent, Alice
Klyne, Maurice
Koch, Ed
Koteen, Shirley
40
44
L, circa 1942-1981
Leake, Paul M.
Liebman, Marjorie
40
45
M and N, circa 1950-1976
Macy, Gert
Mallory, Margaret
Marshall, George
Mason, Susanne
McCloud, Lillard
McPeck, Eleanor
Metz, Gwyn
Miles, Jeanne
Miller, B.
Mon, Bascha
Morgan, Joseph P.
Mueller, Leo
Muelanzambi, Bawka
Murphy, Alice Harold
Negulesco, Jean
Nuala (Elsa de Brun)
40
46
McConathy, Dale, circa 1963-1969
40
47
Newcomb, Mary (Mrs. Alexander Higginson), circa 1932-1961
40
48
O and P, circa 1950-1982
Oliver, Alex
Okada, Kenzo and Kimi
Passante, Anne
Perreault, John
Perkins, Helvetia
Porter, Aline
Porter, Pat
Pousette-Dart, Richard
Putnam, Wallace
40
49
Pierson, James Rhodes, 1956-1959
40
50
R and S, 1943-1981
Ret, Etienne
Russell, Ethel Bordon
Santiago, Ed
Shepley, Mrs. P. R. (Lili)
Sikelianos, Eva
Smith, Tony
Sottsass, Ettore
Steindecker, Oliver
Steiner, Lisl
Sterne, Hedda
Stevens, Peter Jellen
Storey, Ala
Swartz, Clementa M.
40
51
Reinhardt, Ad, circa 1949-1965
40
52
Seid, Dui, circa 1974-1975
40
53
T, circa 1961-1975
Taylor, Benjamin de Brie
Taylor, Marie Carr
Thompson, Lynne
Toland, Mrs. Owen Jones
Tryggvadottir, Nina
Tumarkin, Igael
40
54
V, W, and Z, circa 1956-1982
Valente, Barbara
Valmarsus, Pablo and Rene
Vanruska, Frank
Van Scriver, Strelsa
W., Jack
Warner, Sylvia Townsend
West, Saul and Peggy
Weyschmid, Rita
Zito, Abby
41
1
Unidentified, circa 1932-1981
41
2
Third Party, circa 1937-1983
41
3
Christmas Cards, circa 1960-1977
(5 folders)
41
4-8
Postcards, circa 1930-1959
41
9
Postcards, circa 1960-1969
41
10
Postcards, circa 1970-1979
41
11
Postcards, 1980-1982
41
12
Postcards, undated
41
13
Telegrams, 1929-1971
41
14
7.3.2:Chronological Correspondence, circa 1938-1983
Scope and Contents note
These files reflect how deeply Parsons' life was intertwined with the gallery as correspondence with dealers, museum directors, researchers, collectors, arts organizations, gallery staff, and artists predominate in this subseries, although letters from friends are scattered throughout. Letters address a variety of topics including requests for Parsons to be a jurist for juried exhibitions, exhibitions and sales of her own art work, references for artists, requests for interviews, questions from researchers, and communications from gallery staff. Letters from Jock Truman, include his original cover letter (1961) and updates concerning gallery business (1964, 1966-1968, and 1972).
Letters from Parsons include a letter of introduction for her former husband Schuyler Parsons to Peggy Guggenheim (1965) and a suggestion to collector Paul Mellon (1976)that Barnett Newman's Stations of the Cross belongs in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.. Parsons response to a researcher (1979) provides her insights concerning the early history of the gallery and her connection with the Abstract Expressionists. Other significant correspondents include Ossip Zadkine (1956), Jacqueline Monnier (1978 and 1982), and Judith Rothschild (1980). Finally, letters that post-date Parsons death in July, 1982 include condolence letters to gallery staff and correspondence between Jack Tilton, her former assistant at the gallery and William Rayner, her nephew and the executer of her estate, to establish prices for her art work.
Files are arranged chronologically by year, followed by a file of undated letters
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence, 1938-1949
41
15
Correspondence, 1950-1953
41
16
Correspondence, 1954-1956
41
17
Correspondence, 1957-1960
41
18
Correspondence, 1961-1962
41
19
Correspondence, 1963
41
20
Correspondence, 1964
41
21
Correspondence, 1965
41
22
Correspondence, 1966
41
23
Correspondence, 1967-1969
41
24
Correspondence, 1970-1974
41
25
Correspondence, 1975-1977
41
26
Correspondence, 1978
41
27
Correspondence, 1979
(2 folders)
41
28-29
Correspondence, 1980
41
30
Correspondence, 1981
(2 folders)
41
31-32
Correspondence, 1982
41
33
Correspondence, 1983
41
34
Correspondence, undated
41
35
7.4:Pocket Diaries and Notebooks, circa 1933-1982
Scope and Contents note
Files primarily consist of small Smythson leather pocket diaries in which Parsons noted lunch and dinner engagements, openings, and other appointments, thereby providing a sense of her daily activities. As with Parsons' life, personal and gallery life are intertwined in the pages. Frequently the endpapers were used to note names, address and phone numbers. Although these diaries span from 1933-1980, they are not complete; there are only a few from the 1940s and none from the 1950s. Address books and desk calendars are also found.
Three notebooks from the 1960s appear to relate to gallery business as they contain references, to artists, works of art, and museums. The 1980-1982 notebook contains handwritten drafts of correspondence; most of the notebook pages are left blank.
DescriptionContainer
Address Books, circa 1933-1978
41
36
Pocket Diaries, 1933-1936
41
37
Pocket Diary, 1937
41
38
Pocket Diaries, 1937-1938
41
39
Pocket Diaries, 1939-1941
42
1
Pocket Diaries, 1942-1943
42
2
Pocket Diaries, 1948-1949
42
3
Pocket Diaries, 1960-1961
42
4
Pocket Diaries, 1962
42
5
Pocket Diaries, 1963-1964
42
6
Pocket Diaries, 1965-1966
42
7
Pocket Diaries, 1967-1969
42
8
Pocket Diaries, 1970-1971
42
9
Pocket Diaries, 1972-1973
42
10
Pocket Diaries, 1974-1975
42
11
Pocket Diaries, 1976-1977
42
12
Pocket Diaries, 1978-1980
42
13
Pocket Diaries, 1981
42
14
Engagement Calendar, 1970
42
15
Engagement Calendar, 1979
42
16
Engagement Calendar, 1980
42
17
Notebook, 1961
42
18
Notebook, possibly 1965
42
19
Notebook, 1980-1982
42
20
7.5:Annotated Sketchbooks, 1951-1969
Scope and Contents note
This subseries includes three sketchbooks, two of which are annotated. According to biographical accounts, Betty Parsons was an avid sketcher, having acquired the habit dating from her studies with the English artist Arthur Lindsay in the 1930s. Despite this fact, this collection contains only three sketchbooks. The 1951 sketchbook consists primarily of ink figure drawings, but also includes notes for her WNYC Radio Arts Festival Interview, a transcript of which can be found with the biographical materials. The 1967 sketchbook includes diary entries amongst the abstract and figurative drawings. Finally, the 1969 sketchbook is labeled "Turkey" and includes felt tip marker landscape and abstract drawings.
DescriptionContainer
Sketchbook, 1951
42
21
Sketchbook, 1967
42
22
Sketchbook, 1969
42
23
7.6:Writings by Others, circa 1950-1980
Scope and Contents note
Found here are articles, poems, essays, and unpublished manuscripts mostly about Parsons and the Betty Parsons Gallery, including a typescript for an unpublished monograph, "An American Gallery," written by art critic Lawrence Alloway. Related correspondence can be found in the Alloway folders in the Betty Parsons Papers Correspondence files. Also included is a proposal for a documentary film about Betty Parsons titled "Keeper of the Treasure"; it does not appear that this project was realized. Other writings are related to art, dance, and poetry, including a notebook of poems by Parsons Gallery artist, Dorothy Sturm.
Files are arranged by alphabetically by author, followed by one file of miscellaneous essays and poems.
DescriptionContainer
Alloway, Lawrence, typescript of "An American Gallery,", circa 1961-1968
(3 folders)
42
24-26
Codman, Florence, typescript of "Values in Some Recent American Paintings,", undated
42
27
Dlugoszewski, Lucia, miscellaneous writings, circa 1962-1972
42
28
Dreyfuss, Caril, typescript of "On Judging,", 1980
42
29
Du Brul, E. Lloyd, "Biology of Artistic Behavior,", 1968
42
30
Hawkins, Erick, miscellaneous writings, circa 1961-1962
42
31
[Martin, Agnes], manuscript (photocopy) of "Current of the River of Life Moves Us,", undated
42
32
Mathieu, Georges, typescript of "Declaration to the American Avant Garde Painters,", undated
42
33
McFadden, Elizabeth, typescript of "Anthology for Children,", undated
42
34
McFadden, Elizabeth, typescript of "Poetry Edition,", undated
42
35
Motherwell, Robert, typescript of "In Memoriam: Anthony Smith,", 1981
42
36
Putnam, Wallace, photocopy of talk "Come Dance with Dragon,", 1971
42
37
Putnam, Wallace, typescript of "The Shiny Gilt Frame is Gone,", undated
42
38
Sturm, Dorothy, notebook of poems, 1957
43
1
unknown author, proposal for "Keeper of the Treasure,", circa 1981
43
2
Miscellaneous typescripts, circa 1950-1965
43
3
7.7:Printed Materials, circa 1920-1991
Scope and Contents note
Printed Material includes catalogs and announcements for exhibitions at Betty Parsons Gallery and other galleries, offsets of articles, magazines, clippings from newspapers and magazines.
Announcements and catalogs files include printed material from the Wakefield Gallery, Mortimer Brandt Gallery, Betty Parsons Gallery, as well as other galleries. Much of this material is duplicated in other series including Artists Files and Other Gallery Records.
The bulk of magazine and newspaper clippings feature Betty Parsons in her role as artist, art dealer, or collector. The file of the 1967 House and Garden feature on her Long Island Studio includes photographs, some of which appear to have been used in the article. This subseries also includes clippings on artists, particularly those whom Parsons represented, general art and architecture files, and a file of miscellaneous clippings and cartoons.
DescriptionContainer
Announcements and Catalogs, 1927-1952
43
4
Announcements and Catalogs, 1952-1966
43
5
Announcements and Catalogs, 1967-1982
43
6
Magazine Clippings about Betty Parsons, circa 1951-1982
(2 folders)
43
7-8
Magazine Clippings and photographs of Betty Parsons' Studio, circa 1967
43
9
Magazine Clippings about Art and Architecture, circa 1951-1982
(2 folders, not scanned)
43
10-11
Magazine Clippings about Artists, circa 1947-1948
(2 folders; not scanned)
43
12
Newspaper Clippings about Betty Parsons, circa 1930-1983
(2 folders)
43
13-14
Newspaper Clippings about Friends and Family, circa 1920-1960
43
15
Newspaper Clippings about Art and Architecture, circa 1948-1978
(2 folders, not scanned)
43
16-17
Newspaper Clippings about Artists, circa 1927-1976
(2 folders, not scanned)
43
18-19
Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, Miscellaneous, circa 1945-1971
(Not scanned)
43
20
Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, Duplicates, circa 1957-1982
(3 folders, not scanned)
43
21-23
Magazines, 1946-1983
(4 folders, not scanned)
43
24-27
Miscellaneous, circa 1950-1991
(Not scanned)
43
28
7.8:Records About Betty Parsons' Art Work, circa 1927-1983
Scope and Contents note
These files chronicle Betty Parsons' artistic career through announcements, catalogs, correspondence, inventories, price lists, sales invoices, loan forms and photographs. The majority of photographs are reproductions of works of art, although installation shots are scattered throughout.
DescriptionContainer
Annoucements and Catalogs, circa 1927-1982
43
29
Exhibition files
General Exhibitions, circa 1927-1956
43
30
General Exhibitions, circa 1957-1969
43
31
General Exhibitions, 1970-1979
43
32
New Arts Gallery (1963: Atlanta, Ga.), 1962-1965
43
33
Miami Museum of Modern Art (1963), circa 1962-1963
43
34
New Gallery (1966: Bennington College, Vt.), 1965-1966
43
35
Gallery Seven (1967: Boston, Mass.), 1967
43
36
Grand Central Moderns (1967: New York, N.Y.), 1966-1967
43
37
Whitechapel Gallery (1968: London, England), 1965-1969
(4 folders)
44
1-4
Studio Gallery (1971: Washington, D.C.), 1971-1972
(2 folders)
44
5-6
College Art Gallery (1972: Drew University, Madison, N.J.), 1971-1972
44
7
A.M. Sachs Gallery (1972: New York, N.Y.), 1972
44
8
Studio Gallery (1973: Washington, D.C.), 1972-1975
44
9
Montclair Art Museum (1974: Montclair, N.J.), circa 1974
(3 folders)
44
10-12
Studio Gallery (1975: Washington, D.C.), 1975
(2 folders)
44
13
Benson Gallery (1975: Bridgehampton, N.Y.), 1974-1975
44
14
Circanou Galleries (1976: Des Moines, Iowa), 1975
Exhibition was cancelled.
44
15
David Hendricks Gallery (1976: Dublin,Ireland), 1976
44
16
Louise Himelfarb Gallery (1977: Water Mill,N.Y.), 1977
44
17
Barnard College (1977: New York, N.Y.), 1977
44
18
United States Information Service (1978: Tegucilgalpa, Hondoras), 1978
44
19
Heath Gallery (1978: Atlanta,Ga.), 1977-1979
44
20
Artists and Poets fo the Hamptons Landscape
,Benson Gallery (1978: Bridgehamton, N.Y.), 1978
44
21
Kornblee/Truman Gallery (1978: New York, N.Y.), 1978-1979
44
22
Paintings and Sculptures by Candidates for Art Awards
, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1979: New York, N.Y.), 1977-1979
44
23
Women Artists of Eastern New York
, Guild Hall (1979: East Hampton, N.Y.), 1979
44
24
Hoshour Gallery (1979: Albuquerque, New Mexico), 1978-1979
44
25
Marchand-Parson Gallery (1979: Shelter Island, N.Y.), circa 1979
44
26
Summit Art Center (1979: Summit, N.J.), 1979
44
27
Zeller Gallery (1979: University Park, Penn.), 1979
44
28
Fairweather Hardin Gallery (1979: Chicago, Ill.), 1979
44
29
Kornblee Galleries (1980: New York, N.Y.), 1980-1983
44
30
Barbara Fiedler Gallery (1980: Washington D.C.), 1979-1982
44
31
Newspace (1980: Los Angeles, Calif.), 1979-1982
44
32
American Center (1980: Paris, France), 1979-1980
44
33
Nigel Greenwood Inc. Ltd. (1980: London, England), 1980-1981
44
34
Robert T. Kidd Associates (1980: Birmingham, Mich.), 1980-1983
44
35
Portraits Real and Imagined
, Guild Hall (1980: East Hampton, N.Y.), 1980
44
36
William Sawyer Gallery (1981: San Franisco, Calif.), 1981
44
37
Virginia Miller Galleries (1981: Miami, Fla.), 1980-1981
44
38
Burnside Gallery (1981: Greenport, N.Y.), 1981
44
39
Benson Gallery (1981: Bridgehampton, N.Y.), 1980-1981
44
40
The Artist and the Quilt
, Traveling Exhibition (1980), 1980-1982
(2 folders)
44
41-42
Hoshour Gallery (1982: Albuquerque, New Mexico), 1981-1982
44
43
Betty Parsons Memorial Show, Betty Parsons Gallery (1982: New York, N.Y.), 1982
44
44
Fairweather Hardin (1982: Chicago, Ill.), 1982-1983
44
45
Inventories, 1966-1982
44
46
Inventory with Sketches, 1982 October
44
47
Inventories, 1983
44
48
Appraisals and Price Lists, 1979-1983
44
49
Consignments, 1941-1967
44
50
Consignments, 1974-1979
44
51
Consignments, circa 1980-1983
44
52
Consignments-Heath Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, 1980-1982
44
53
Sales, 1938-1982
44
54
Photographs of Betty Parsons Sculptures at the National Gallery of Art Opening, 1973 November
44
55
Installation Photographs, New Arts Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, circa 1962-1964
44
56
Miscellaneous Installation Photographs, circa 1962-1980
44
57
Photographs of Paintings, circa 1940-1980
(5 folders; not scanned)
44
58-62
Photographs of Wood Sculptures, circa 1970s
(Not scanned)
44
63
Photographs of Paintings and Sculptures, 1980-1982
(Not scanned)
44
64
Photographs, Duplicates, circa 1940-1980
(Not scanned)
44
65
Color Separations for
Art Gallery Magazine
, 1972 October
(Not scanned)
44
66
Negatives for Color Separation for Annoucement, 1973
(Not scanned)
44
67
Transparencies, circa 1970-1981
(Not scanned)
44
68
Slides, circa 1970s
(Not Scanned)
44
69
7.9:Betty Parsons Private Collection, circa 1963-1983
Scope and Contents note
This subseries documents Betty Parsons' personal art collection through inventories, correspondence, clippings, photographs, loan agreements, sales and purchase invoices, and photographs of artwork.
Institutions and museums often requested loans from Parsons' personal collection for exhibitions. Exhibition files consist of announcements, catalogs, correspondence, and clippings. Additionally Parsons' gave works of art from her collection to institutions and museums and these gifts are recorded in the "Gifts of work" files. Some of the documents in this subseries document appraisals of the collection following Parsons' death in 1982
DescriptionContainer
Appraisals, 1983
44
70
Correspondence, circa 1968-1981
44
71
Inventories, circa 1971-1983
45
1
Exhibitions
Finch College (1968: New York, N.Y.), 1968
45
2
New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970
, Metropolitan Museum of Art(1969: New York, N.Y.), 1969-1970
45
3
Montclair Museum of Art(1972: Montclair, N.J.), 1971-1972
45
4
Parrish Art Museum (1972: Southampton, N.Y.), 1972
45
5
Art of this Century from the Betty Parsons Collection
, Rhode Island School of Design (1980: Providence, R.I.), 1979-1980
45
6
General Exhibition Annoucements and Catalogues, circa 1963-1983
45
7
General Exhibition Loan Forms and Correspondence, 1966-1982
45
8
Gifts of Works of Art, 1956-1970
45
9
Gifts of Works of Art, 1971-1977
45
10
Gifts of Works of Art, 1978
45
11
Gifts of Works of Art, 1979-1980
45
12
Gifts of Works of Art, 1980-1981
45
13
Gifts of Works of Art, 1982
45
14
Sales and Purchases, 1961-1977
45
15
Photographs, circa 1955-1982
(4 folders; not scanned)
45
16-19
Photographs, Duplicates, circa 1955-1982
(4 folders; not scanned)
45
20-23
Transparencies and Negatives, circa 1967-1983
(Not scanned)
45
24
7.10:Personal Financial Records, 1947-1980
(Not scanned)
Scope and Contents note
Records in this extensive subseries provide insights into Parsons' personal financial affair documenting her investments, banking accounts, family estates (including her own will and testament) and real estate holdings. Since her work as an art dealer was her primary source of income, financial information relevant to the Betty Parsons Gallery can be found within her personal tax records.
7.10.1:Family Financial Papers, 1948-1979
DescriptionContainer
Betty Parsons' Last Will and Testament, 1975-1979
45
25
Estate of J. Fred Pierson, 1955-1961
45
26
Estate of James R. Pierson, 1975-1979
45
27
Miscellaneous Pierson Family Estate Papers, 1948-1959
45
28
Estate of Emily P. Rayner, 1963-1977
(2 folders)
45
29-30
7.10.2:Real Estate Records, circa 1951-1982
DescriptionContainer
Miscellaneous Real Estate Documents, 1958-1975
45
31
Artists Acres, Englewood, Fla., circa 1951-1966
45
32
House in Sheepscott, Maine, circa 1973-1981
(4 Folders)
45
33-36
House in St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles, circa 1968-1982
(9 Folders)
45
37-45
St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles, House Plans, circa 1962-1966
(3 Folders)
45
46-48
St. Maartens, Netherlands Antilles, Landowners Association, circa 1961-1981
(4 Folders)
46
1-4
7.10.3:Investments and Securities, circa 1948-1981
DescriptionContainer
Automobile Insurance Policies, circa 1963-1978
(2 folders)
46
5-6
Miscellaneous Employees Insurance Policies, circa 1960-1974
46
7
Fine Arts Dealers Insurance Policies, 1972-1978
46
8
Personal Fine Arts Insurance Policies, 1971-1976
46
9
Health and Medicare Insurance Policies, 1962-1966
46
10
Homeowners Insurance Policies, 1961-1978
46
11
Miscellaneous Insurance Policies, 1963-1974
46
12
Miles Timber Company, 1948-1977
(2 folders)
46
13-14
Miles Timber Company Audit Reports, 1951-1962
(2 folders)
46
15-16
Ramapo Land Company, 1958-1982
46
17
Ramapo Land Company Financial Statements, 1966-1969
46
18
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1969-1970
46
19
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1971-1972
46
20
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1972-1973
46
21
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1977-1978
46
22
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1978-1979
46
23
Chemical Bank Investment Statements, 1979
46
24
Irving Trust Company, 1959-1967
46
25
Investment Accounts, 1959-1979
(13 folders)
46
26-38
Securities Statements, 1969-1975
(3 folders)
46
39-41
7.10.4:Tax Records, circa 1940-1979
DescriptionContainer
Tax Documents (1940-1943), 1941-1944
46
42
Tax Documents (1954-1957), 1955-1958
46
43
Tax Documents (1958-1959), 1959-1960
46
44
Tax Documents (1960-1964), 1960-1965
46
45
Tax Documents (1965-1966), 1965-1967
46
46
Tax Documents (1967), 1967-1968
46
47
Tax Documents (1968), 1968-1970
46
48
Tax Documents (1969), 1968-1973
47
1
Tax Documents (1970), 1968-1971
47
2
Tax Documents (1971), 1971-1973
47
3
Tax Documents (1972), 1972-1973
47
4
Tax Documents (1973), 1973-1974
47
5
Tax Documents (1974), 1974-1975
47
6
Tax Documents (1975-1977), 1975-1978
47
7
Tax Documents (1979), 1979-1980
47
8
Property Taxes, Town of Southold, 1959-1974
47
9
Property Taxes, Town of Esopus, 1968-1973
47
10
Real Estate Taxes, Sarasota County, 1963-1973
47
11
Social Security, 1965-1974
47
12
Financial Contributions, circa 1960-1978
47
13
Miscellaneous Receipts, circa 1958-1979
(23 folders)
47
14-36
Miscellaneous Receipts, circa 1958-1979
(4 folders)
48
1-4
7.10.5:Banking Records, 1953-1982
DescriptionContainer
Bank Correspondence, 1961-1982
48
5
Citibank (formerly First National City Bank), 1966-1979
(17 Folders)
48
6-22
Citibank (formerly First National City Bank), 1966-1979
(13 Folders)
49
1-13
Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, 1953-1980
(13 Folders)
49
14-26
North Fork Bank and Trust, 1963-1979
(4 Folders)
49
27-30
North Fork Bank and Trust, 1963-1979
(10 Folders)
50
1-10
Windward Islands Bank, circa 1973-1982
(4 Folders)
50
11-14

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